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After 30 years in prison, Mr. Underwood deserves a second chance to be reunited with his children and grandchildren. William Underwood engaged in drug activities and, as the result, has been punished with imprisonment for the past 30 years. However, he has deep remorse for selling drugs, and often wishes that he had made different decisions in his earlier years. Now, instead of influencing promising young artists in the music industry, he mentors imprisoned youth about their choices in life. A sentence of life without the possibility of parole has meant that Mr. Underwood — no matter how long he lives, no matter how much his life has changed, no matter what steps he has taken to better himself, no matter how much his family yearns for his return, no matter how many laws have changed — can never, ever, leave prison alive.
Such a life without parole sentence, devoid of hope and compassion, is inhumane and akin to a living death. Thirty years away from his family has been punishment enough. As a 64-year old returning citizen to 21st century society, William Underwood hopes his contributions will make a difference to not only his children and grandchildren, but to the community as a whole. There is a point where incarceration no longer serves the interests of justice.